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Giveaway: Win a $125 Gerber Gear Empower knife

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival When you’re in the great outdoors, there is no single better tool to have on you than a quality blade. The knife is one of the oldest tools ever invented by man and continues to be an indispensable piece of kit, with pocket-friendly and easy-to-carry folding knives becoming commonplace. You can’t beat an old-school classic, so we’re giving a brand-new Gerber Empower automatic folding knife to five lucky winnersGerber is an iconic name in the world of American knifemakers and one that should need little introduction to the everyday-carry (EDC) crowd. This company has been making knives and other tools for civilians, law enforcement, and U.S. military personnel for decades, and many of its designs have also been prominently featured in movies and video games. Although historic blades such as the legendary Mark II fighting knife made the brand famous, Gerber continues to innovate with modern designs like the Empower.The Gerber Empower is based on the popular Propel folder, utilizes the same automatic action that makes one-handed operation a breeze – no more sore fingertips from trying to open a stubborn blade using the thumb stud. Like many of Gerber’s best-known designs, the Empower automatic folding knife is manufactured right here in the U.S., at the company’s Portland, Oregon, manufacturing facility.The military-grade quality that Gerber brings to the table is apparent in the Empower’s construction and materials. The blade is crafted of S30V steel with a black oxide coating and is 3.25 inches long (the sweet spot for an EDC blade), with the knife measuring 8.4 inches when opened. The handle is made of hard anodized aluminum, with Gerber’s textured Armored Grip inserts for extra purchase when hands are wet or greasy.The Empower features a sturdy pocket reversible clip so you can carry it tip up or tip down. The plunge lock and safety slide keep the blade securely in place in both the open and closed positions, and the sleek, aesthetic design has smooth edges, so it won’t tear up the pocket on your favorite pair of jeans. The Empower weighs in at just 4.6 ounces, making it the perfect pocket companion to add to your EDC loadout.The Empower is usually only available for purchase by law enforcement and military personnel with service credentials, but you can enter below for a chance to win one of your own. 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry Know Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for Kniveslast_img read more

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MacGregor Wins Premier Offshore Industry Innovation Award

first_imgzoom MacGregor’s three-axis motion compensated offshore crane has won the Offshore Support Journal’s (OSJ) Innovation of the Year award.The news was announced at OSJ’s fifth Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference and Awards event in London, UK, on 19 February 2014, and the award was presented to MacGregor’s Offshore Advanced Load Handling team in front of an audience of over 500 people at the conference’s gala dinner.The award is given for a product, system or service which is judged to have made the most significant impact on the design, build and/or operational aspects of offshore support vessels. “It is an honour to receive such a prestigious prize from one of the most reputable forums in the international offshore sector,” says Tom Svennevig, Vice President, Advanced Load Handling. “It is also an important recognition of our capabilities from peers across the offshore industry.”“In 2012 we also received the OSJ Innovation of the Year award; on that occasion it was for our Chain Wheel Manipulator,” Mr Svennevig continues. “Winning it for a second time is especially remarkable, particularly in the face of such notable competition from the shortlist of nominees in the category.”This crane is a first-of-its-kind, not just for MacGregor, but for the offshore industry as a whole. MacGregor was approached by Siem Offshore to develop an innovative type of crane for its newbuild infield support vessel Siem Moxie. The crane will be delivered to Siem Offshore in March 2014. The vessel will operate in the offshore renewable energy markets, carrying out installations, repairs, maintenance and general service duties. One specific task for Siem Moxie will be to transfer containers of tools and equipment to the top of offshore windmill foundations.“MacGregor’s standard active heave-compensation technology supplied though a crane’s winch compensates for a vessel’s vertical movement, assuring accurate load handling. However, when transferring equipment to the top of offshore windmill foundations, which are about 20m above the water and are only 4m2, even more precision is required,” explains Baard Alsaker, MacGregor R&D Director, Advanced Load Handling.“As a result, our engineers developed new technology that compensates for vessel movements in the horizontal plane (pitch and roll) as well as in the vertical plane. Compensating for the horizontal motions ensures that the crane’s pedestal remains vertical in relation to the seabed, so that it will always be parallel to the windmill structure. Thanks to this three-axis compensation, the crane can perform extremely accurate load positioning operations. The crane can be used for a variety of other purposes, including ship-to-ship operations. It can also be specified for certification for personnel lifts, further enhancing its flexibility.”He notes: “We see that the emerging offshore wind sector continues to set new requirements for offshore cranes and we are constantly looking for ways of employing our expertise in the development of innovative new solutions for our customers.”Cargotec, March 3, 2014last_img read more

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Rapport détape sur les services en français

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial continue d’élaborer et d’améliorer les services offerts en français à la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le Rapport d’étape de 2013 sur les services en français offre un aperçu complet des services offerts en français par le gouvernement provincial au cours de la dernière année. Le service de traduction des Affaires acadiennes a traduit un total de 1,85 million de mots, ce qui représente un record annuel. « L’augmentation du nombre de mots traduits et du nombre de personnes qui tirent profit de la formation linguistique en français démontre que le gouvernement provincial apprécie l’importance d’offrir davantage de services aux francophones néo-écossais dans leur langue maternelle, a dit Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. J’encourage tous nos partenaires dans la communauté acadienne et francophone de continuer à travailler avec les Affaires acadiennes pour faire connaître leurs besoins afin que nous puissions rendre les services en français encore plus accessibles. » Le rapport met en évidence les nouveaux services établis au cours de la dernière année, y compris les kiosques d’enregistrement des naissances en Nouvelle-Écosse et des services sur place pour les chercheurs en français aux Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport présente également l’élaboration de sites Web, l’utilisation des médias sociaux, les publications et les publicités en français. « La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse applaudit les efforts du gouvernement provincial en matière de services en français, a dit Justin Mury, président de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous encourageons les membres de la communauté à consulter le rapport d’étape de 2013 et à découvrir comment les ministères et les employés gouvernementaux contribuent à l’épanouissement de l’Acadie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Pour consulter le rapport d’étape, rendez-vous au www.novascotia.ca/acadien . Suivez le compte Twitter en français du gouvernement provincial @GouvNE.last_img read more

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MacLean Livingstone Delaney and Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia v Province

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone, Joseph Delaney and the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia v. Province of Nova Scotia, will resume on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Halifax. The complaint to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission was brought on behalf of some residents living in an institutionalized setting who have mental and/or physical disabilities. They allege that living in this setting is discriminatory and that they should be housed in small options homes instead. Proceedings will take place at Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake, 3rd floor, 250 St. Margarets Bay Rd. at 9:30 a.m. The board chair is J. Walter Thompson, who is independent of the commission. The commission is not representing either party. It represents the public interest. -30-last_img read more

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CAA seize 42100 kilos of hoarded rice in Pettah market

The rice volumes were stacked in 25 kg bags and hoarded by three different sellers and businesses in the Pettah market. As of 27 February, 2064 successful rice raids have also been conducted by the CAA for the month of February with 1376 cases being filed.“Rice sellers are also required to follow the Maximum Retail Prices imposed by the CAA. Errant sellers who sell above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) are violating the law. Hoarding of these varieties is also a violation and affects our consumers,” Minister Bathiudeen said. The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) seized 42,100 kilos of hoarded rice in the Pettah market during the 48 hours ending at midnight on February 27, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today. “I have instructed the CAA to immediately seal any rice found to be hoarded. The 42100 kg of rice has now been sealed by CAA,” Minister Bathiudeen said. By order No 42 issued on 17 February and gazetted on 17 February midnight by CAA Chairman under Consumer Affairs Authority Act No 9 of 2003’s section 20(5), MRPs were introduced for imported and domestically milled rice (of three varieties). (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Aurora stock up after company issues Q4 production and revenue estimates

EDMONTON, Germany — Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares soared briefly before giving up most of their gains Tuesday after the cannabis producer estimated its fourth-quarter production available for sale was at the high end of its previous guidance, or above.The Edmonton-based company’s shares rose as much as 13 per cent to an intraday high of $9.51 on the Toronto Stock Exchange before falling back to $8.78, up 39 cents or five per cent from the previous close on Friday.Earlier, Aurora announced its estimated production available for sale was between 25,000 and 30,000 kilograms — above the company’s previous guidance of 25,000 kilograms.Aurora also estimated its revenue from all sources will rise to between $100 million and $107 million, but didn’t provide an estimate on fourth quarter kilograms sold, average price per gram or earnings.The company’s estimated fourth-quarter net revenue range was below an average analyst estimate of $114 million, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Aurora’s full results for the quarter and 2019 financial year ended June 30 will be issued before Sept. 15.In its 2019 fiscal third quarter ended March 31, Aurora produced 15,590 kilograms and sold 9,160 kilograms at an average price of $6.40 per gram — resulting in $65.1 million of net revenue. Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)The Canadian Press read more

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Toronto is now the worlds second most overvalued property market UBS

Million-dollar condos are heating up Montreal’s luxury housing market, but Toronto still head of the pack First-time home buyers could save $286 a month on mortgage payments under new federal program The ins and outs of mortgage pre-approvals and how to polish up your credit score “A major price correction seems unlikely in the short term given improving mortgage conditions, a weakening Canadian dollar and falling supply,” the bank said.In Vancouver, the 2016 regulatory changes helped depress prices by 7 per cent compared with a year ago, but “sky-high valuations and overstretched affordability make the market vulnerable to even minor demand shifts,” UBS said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Due to increasing regional housing supply, a turnaround is unlikely for now, especially as real prices are still 75 per cent higher than a decade ago,” according to the report’s analysis of Vancouver. “However, downside risks are mitigated by still attractive financing conditions, as the Bank of Canada has lowered the qualifying mortgage rate for the first time since 2016.”In considering Canada overall, UBS said “the housing frenzy seems to be over for now” and that further market weakening is likely as concerns about lower economic growth outweigh reduced mortgage rates.Despite the housing bubble risks in Canada’s largest cities and lower interest rates globally, UBS said it sees a correction phase emerging worldwide due to burdens that buyers face in meeting mortgage payments, qualifying for bank loans in the first place and weathering the impact of economic uncertainty on demand growth.“Despite the worldwide collapse in interest rates, the negative trend in home prices will probably continue,” UBS said.By and large the cities of the eurozone had the greatest exposure to property price bubbles because of low interest rates and strong economic growth, with Paris joining the above-mentioned cities at risk of a price bubble, the report showed. Inflation is curbing affordability while an expected economic slowdown in Germany will test current prices, UBS said.Globally, the bank said price growth rates have continued to slow in a majority of cities and average price growth stagnated for the first time since 2012. Lending is matching gross domestic product growth for the most part in contrast to the years before the 2008 financial crisis when outstanding mortgage volumes increased at as much as 2.5 per cent faster than GDP, UBS said.Frankfurt was the only city to see double-digit percentage increases in house prices, which were common in previous years, the bank said.However, affordability remains a key risk as the median price-to-income ratio has risen from five to seven years as the time needed to pay for an apartment in cities over the last decade, with Hong Kong and London the worst affected while Singapore was the most improved, the study showed.Vancouver ranked 10th on that metric at eight years while Toronto was 20th most expensive at six years, the report showed.“Buying a 60-metre-square (650-square-feet) apartment exceeds the budget of people who earn the average annual incomes in the highly-skilled service sector in most world cities,” UBS said. “Unaffordable housing is often a sign of strong investment demand from abroad, tight zoning and rental market regulations.” Toronto has emerged as the world’s second most overvalued housing market on the back of low rates and supply shortages, according to UBS AG’s annual global real estate bubble index.Vancouver was sixth in the Swiss bank’s 2019 index that is led by Munich, with Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Frankfurt filling out the other top spots.Toronto’s housing prices tripled between 2000 and 2017 and even the introduction of a foreign buyer’s tax and tighter mortgage rules only temporarily cooled red-hot prices, according to UBS.Related read more

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UNICEF urges UK to protect trafficked children by closing legal loophole

Youngsters from a growing number of countries are being imported into the United Kingdom against their will as cheap labour, often ending up in prostitution, according to a new report published today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The report, Stop the Traffic!, was released as part of UNICEF’s campaign in the United Kingdom to end child exploitation. With increasing instances of children being illegally transported from West Africa, Eastern Europe or Asia and surfacing in places such as Newcastle and Nottingham, the report urges Great Britain to introduce a law to prohibit any form of child trafficking.According to the report, the hundreds of known cases of trafficked children are just the tip of the iceberg – thousands more may be imported into the UK every year, but the scale of the problem is hidden by the nature of the crime and a lack of police statistics because trafficking has not been a criminal offence.“Trafficking is a serious abuse of child rights and is the fastest growing business of organized crime since its is seen as less risky that drug trafficking,” said David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director. The study bears out that claim, noting that children are being brought to cities all over the UK, indicating that traffickers are widening their operations and targeting places where authorities are less aware of the issue.“Until very recently, trafficking wasn’t even illegal and is only a crime if carried out for sexual exploitation,” Mr. Bull said, stressing that the British Government must criminalize trafficking for all purposes and should introduce central funding for specialist care and protection for the victims.The Government’s Sexual Offences Bill, currently in the House of Commons, makes it illegal to traffic people into the UK for sexual exploitation, but children imported for other work remain unprotected. UNICEF is urging the Government to close this loophole and make it illegal to traffic a child for any purpose. The agency also stresses that any government funding scheme should include training for immigration officers, social workers, counselling and safe houses. read more

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At UN countries agree on guidelines to better manage the worlds fish

New political commitments may be necessary to better conserve and manage fisheries through the existing agreement for the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, delegates to the meeting agreed.The guidelines developed during the meeting will be used to assess the adequacy of the Agreement when countries meet for the review conference from 22 to 26 May.The recommended criteria for that assessment cover the extent to which States parties have adopted measures to conserve and manage straddling fish stocks, such as cod, halibut, Pollock and squid, and migratory fish stocks such as tuna, swordfish and oceanic sharks.Criteria also cover the extent to which States parties have sought to eliminate overfishing, to minimize catch of unwanted species, to establish new regional management organizations and to strengthen international cooperation.Adopted in 1995, the 40-article agreement has 57 States parties, although, during the meeting, Japan and Indonesia expressed their intention to ratify it. read more

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Bernanke says Fed likely to trim bond purchases further next year in

Bernanke says Fed likely to trim bond purchases further next year in similar “modest” steps WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to slow its bond purchases is a sign of progress and he expects the Fed to take “similar moderate steps” throughout next year to reduce the purchases further if the economy shows continued improvement.Bernanke made the comments at a news conference after the Fed announced it would begin to reduce its bond purchases by $10 billion in January.Still, Bernanke cautioned that the Fed’s further reductions in the purchases remain dependent on data.“When we are disappointed with the outcomes, we could skip a meeting or two; if things pick up, we could go faster,” he said.He noted that the economic recovery still remains far from complete and long-term unemployment remains a concern, he said. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Hatton Garden ringleader admits role in previous £1 million gem heist

first_imgBut before taking him up on his offer, suspicious officers from Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad, searched the area themselves and found a large stash hidden under the memorial stone of a different plot to the one he led them to.Jones, who is thought to have started planning the Hatton Garden job in 2012, has a criminal record stretching back to 1975, when he was convicted of robbery and burglary.Having spent much of his adult life in prison, Jones was so institutionalised that he referred to evenings after 5pm at his substantial detached home in Enfield as “bang up” and would refuse to receive visitors or take phone calls. One of the ringleaders of the Hatton Garden safe deposit heist has admitted taking part in another £1 million gem raid five years earlier.Danny Jones, 59, who is already serving a seven year prison sentence for the infamous Hatton Garden job, pleaded guilty to burgling Mayfair jewellers, Chatila in August 2010.The family owned firm, which is popular with the rich and famous, made the earrings that Amal Clooney wore on her wedding day.Jones and another raider allegedly stole around £1 million worth of gems, jewellery and watches, as well as £45,000 in cash after breaking in during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Millions of pounds worth of gems, cash and jewels were taken during the Hatton Garden raid over the Easter weekend in 2015 Appearing at Southwark Crown Court, Jones struggled to hear to proceedings and was forced to stand with his ear pressed to the glass of the dock.At one point he interrupted the clerk, saying: “I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”After the charge was read to him, Jones was asked how he pleaded and replied: “Guilty.”Terry Perkins, 68, who is accused of taking part in the Chatila heist has denied burglary and faces trial at Southwark Crown Court on February 27.Charles Matthews, 53, who denies receiving stolen goods will also stand trial at the same time. Jones’s plea can be revealed after the judge, Joanna Korner QC, lifted a temporary reporting restriction imposed after she asked barristers: “Is there anything particularly interesting about this burglary? It was a straightforward burglary on a jewellery store.”She looked surprised when prosecutor Philip Stott told her Jones was one of the Hatton Garden burglars.He will be sentenced at the end of the trial. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Millions of pounds worth of gems, cash and jewels were taken during the Hatton Garden raid over the Easter weekend in 2015 Almost £30 million was taken in the Hatton Garden raid  Almost £30 million was taken in the Hatton Garden raid  Jones was thought to be one of the ringleaders of the safe deposit heist, which is Britain’s biggest ever burglary, with an estimated £29 million worth of valuables stolen.He was one of two gang members who climbed through the hole into the vault aided by his small frame and athleticism.When his Enfield home was searched, the police found face masks, a drill, uncounted cash and a book entitled Forensics for Dummies.During his trial he was described as an eccentric character who was obsessed with crime and spent his spare time reading about and studying famous villains.He was described as something of a Walter Mitty, who claimed he had supernatural powers, could read palms and would sleep in his mother’s dressing gown and a fez hat.Following his arrest for the Hatton Garden heist he offered to tell detectives where he had hidden his share of the loot, explaining it was buried in a plot at a North London cemetery.last_img read more

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Gap year voluntourism funds exploitative orphanage schemes says JK Rowling

Abusive orphanages sometimes traffic malnourished children around various institutions to encourage wealthy donors to send money, Ms Rowling said, or sexually abuse the children in their care. So-called ‘voluntourism’ programmes advertised online charge volunteers as much as £200 per week to live in orphanages and care for children.  File photo dated 30/07/16 of Harry Potter author JK Rowling who has urged her fans not to give money to orphanages. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 18, 2016. The writer of the hit children's series took part in a Facebook Live chat for her charity Lumos, chaired by broadcaster Lauren Laverne, to publicise the plight of the 8 million children around the world who are living in orphanages.Rowling, who founded the non-profit organisation 10 years ago, said: "All of the research agrees that there's little you can do worse for a child than put it in an institution." See PA story SHOWBIZ Rowling. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gap year students who volunteer at orphanages overseas are propping up a system that “irreparably harms children”, JK Rowling has said.The author, who founded children’s welfare charity Lumos, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that while students may have the “best of intentions”, they could be funding orphanages that abuse vulnerable children and sell them into sex work.Ms Rowling encouraged students to spend time teaching in community schools rather than in orphanages abroad. “Young people from the West, with the best intentions I have to say, often think the thing to do on their gap year is to go and volunteer in an orphanage,” she said.“They may not realise it, but they are driving what is sometimes a lucrative business model, they are keeping the institution open as a magnet for funding or private donations, they are driving a system that we know from eighty sound years of research irreparably harms children.” JK Rowling set up Lumos, a charity that campaigns worldwide against the institutionalisation of children and removal from their families.Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Other travel companies advertise tours of orphanages as part of holiday packages for wealthy tourists, or combine travel experiences with time spent working in childcare. Often, 18-year-old volunteers sign up without realising the harm of exploitative orphanages, Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, told The Telegraph.“There are children that are being severely abused and neglected, but children tell us that they are told they have to smile and sing and tell the volunteers they love them, otherwise they’ll be beaten or locked up or they won’t get food,” she said. “Of the many [orphanages] we’ve been involved in closing, children have said they had to put on a performance otherwise they’d be hurt.”In some institutions, 80 per cent of children have parents that are actually alive, she said, but have been persuaded to give up their children in exchange for promised educational opportunities. read more

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114000 more people Seattle now decades fastestgrowing big city in all of

first_imgSeattle has its critics. You’ve probably heard some fed-up folks grumbling about leaving the city — and now some businesses, too, in the fallout from our controversial new head tax on large companies.But say what you will about Seattle, you can’t say that people don’t want to live here.The U.S. Census Bureau released new population figures for U.S. cities on Thursday, and they show that Seattle has toppled Austin, Texas, to become the nation’s fastest-growing big city this decade.Seattle moved into the top spot after registering yet another year of remarkable growth in 2017. The city’s population hit an estimated 725,000, gaining 17,500 people from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017. Our growth rate in that period — 2.5 percent — was second only to Atlanta among the 50 largest U.S. cities.Seattle has now been ranked in the top 4 for growth among major cities for five consecutive years — quite an impressive run.Add up all the population gains since 2010 and Seattle has grown by a staggering 18.7 percent, which ranks as the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest U.S. cities. The Texas capital, which has seen growth cool down a bit recently, falls to second place.If you’re among the tens of thousands of people who moved to Seattle some time after the start of this decade, all these construction cranes and the throngs of newcomers streaming into town must seem rather normal.last_img read more

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Cole Little kid Sanchez will improve at Man United

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Andy Cole insists Alexis Sanchez didn’t become a bad player overnight and expects he will improve under Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSanchez has only scored four times in 32 appearances for United since completing his transfer from Arsenal last year.This marks quite a drastic turnaround from the stunning form he showed at the Emirates Stadium with Sanchez finding the net 80 times in 166 games at Arsenal.Injuries have also played a part in the Chilean star’s struggles at Old Trafford with interim coach Solskjaer stating that he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet.And Cole is backing the 30-year-old to come good under his old team-mate Solskjaer at United after struggling under Jose Mourinho.“You never become a bad player overnight,” Cole told ESPN.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When he left Arsenal for Man United, he joined a team which was totally different. You have to change as a player, which is difficult.“His work ethic is the same, but while he has given the ball away too much, it has been because he’s been trying things because he wanted to produce a pass or score goals.“He will improve because everyone else has improved since Ole took over.“Alexis has got good pace and he never stops running or closing down. He’s like a little kid with a new football who wants to show how good he is. He was like that at Arsenal where he scored goals.”United will take on Brighton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

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After Growing to 50000 Acres Officials May Recharacterize Prescribed Burn As Wildfire

first_imgA fire weather map from the National Weather Service shows Red Flag Warnings for much of the southern half of the state.(Image by National Weather Service)A prescribed burn on the Oklahoma Range in the Donnelly Training near Delta Junction has grown to more than 50,000 acres.The burn was ignited in dry grass last Saturday. Alaska Fire Service Spokesman Mel Slater says officials are considering whether to change its characterization from a prescribed burn to a wildfire.“The reason for doing that is it allows for additional resources to be put in place,” Slater said.The fire has made for hazy, brown skies from Delta Junction north to Fairbanks, but Slater says the blaze is still under control.“Well right now, it’s not problematic,” Slater said. “It’s a fire that is burning in grass and so it’s putting out some smoke, but right now, the resources that we have on it aren’t treating it like it’s a fire that’s out of control, so at this point there’s no cause for people to be overly concerned.”Slater says there are no other prescribed burns scheduled for the remainder of the summer.“Actually the prescribed fire season is coming to a close,” Slater said. “So, once we get a hold of this Oklahoma Range Fire, that will be end of the prescribed fire season.”As of Tuesday, 95 wildfires have burned more than 150acres statewide.  The Alaska Fire Service says 94 of those fires are human caused, but Mel Slater says it’s not only due to negligence.“Some of those human caused fires are related to like a tree might fall on the power line,” Slater said. “But with that being said it’s always a good thing to be mindful of your surroundings.”No red flag warnings had been issued for the Deltana and Tanana Flats region where the Oklahoma Range Fire was ignited on Saturday, but the National Weather Service has since issued Red Flag Warnings for a large swath of the state. Regions including Fairbanks south to Anchorage and from King Salmon near Bristol Bay, east to the Canadian border are red on the weather map.Forecaster Bob Fisher says things are likely to stay dry, but strong winds will die down over the next few days.“That means conditions won’t be quite severe enough to issue a red flag warning, but people probably shouldn’t go out and light camp fires, because humidities are still going to be low in the afternoons and evenings,” Fisher said.Fisher says the air quality in the Fairbanks area is likely to remain smoky until the weekend.“We’re expecting another upper disturbance to come in Saturday night or Sunday,” he said. “That could give us cooler temperatures and some rain and that might help clean out the air a bit.”last_img read more

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Queen meets survivors liberators of former Nazi camp

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Elizabeth, looking upbeat and spry despite a busy schedule, was handed bouquets by schoolchildren who waited outside her hotel and she smiled broadly when greeted by a little boy dressed like a king, complete with a blue and gold crown.The reception was similar to the one Elizabeth has received since arriving in Berlin Tuesday night, with large crowds greeting her at all stops and German media providing blanket coverage of the visit. She was due to return home later Friday._____Katz reported from London.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, center, lay a wreath at the memorial during their visit at the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, Friday, June 26, 2015, on the last day of their state visit to Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/Pool Photo via AP) The queen and Philip were shown through parts of the former camp by the memorial’s director. They paused at a special memorial for Frank and her sister, who was born the same year as Elizabeth, before walking alone along a long path to the House of Silence, a modern structure set up as a place of reflection for visitors. The two then placed a wreath at a memorial to the camp’s victims.They shook hands and talked with survivors, liberators and schoolchildren on hand to greet them.Oppenheimer, who was only 12 at the time Bergen-Belsen was liberated but still remembers the vivid images of naked corpses piled high around the camp, said it was a great honor for him to be invited to the ceremony.“For me it’s wonderful,” said Oppenheimer, 83, who speaks on behalf of the Holocaust Educational Trust and talked to the AP ahead of the queen’s visit. “But it upsets me that neither of my parents know about it, or my uncle, he was always so proud that we are integrated into the English system. Imagine his little Rudi shaking hands with the queen.”Earlier in the day in Berlin, a more festive atmosphere prevailed as flag-waving crowds greeted Elizabeth next to Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BERLIN (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II concluded her three-day state visit to Germany on Friday with a somber visit to Bergen-Belsen, the first former Nazi concentration camp she has visited.The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, met with survivors and former British soldiers who were among those who liberated the camp where teenage diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot died 70 years ago.“I’m very happy that the queen can do this for the British soldiers,” said Rudi Oppenheimer, one of the Bergen-Belsen survivors who greeted the queen at the site in northern Germany, near Celle. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “They did so much. They never talked about it, they couldn’t talk about it. They didn’t tell their wives or their children, they were so horrified by what they saw. All the corpses,” said Oppenheimer, who immigrated to Britain after the war.Both the queen, 89, and Philip, 94, supported the British war effort against the Nazis during World War II.The queen, then a princess, was moved out of Buckingham Palace at the height of the blitz for safety’s sake, retreating to Windsor. She later served in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and was trained as both a military truck driver and a mechanic. Prince Philip served throughout the war in the Royal Navy.The queen and Philip made state visits to Germany in May 1965, May 1978, October 1992 and November 2004, but this was the first time they visited the site of a former Nazi camp.“The memory of the Holocaust remains such a fundamental aspect of modern Jewish identity that the queen’s journey to memorialize the victims will be viewed as tremendously significant by Jewish communities across the world,” said Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in Britain, who met with the queen at the Bergen-Belsen ceremony. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Luxury Homes Outpaced By Rest of Market

first_img January 25, 2017 666 Views Growth Home Prices luxury home Redfin 2017-01-25 Phil Banker in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin reported luxury home prices climbed much slower than more modestly priced homes within the same time period.Luxury home prices rose 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 2015, to an average of $1.6 million, according to Redfin.Redfin’s analysis tracks home sales in more than 1,000 cities across the country and defines a home as luxury if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city in each quarter. The bottom 95 percent of the market performed far better than the luxury market in the fourth quarter.This marks the eighth consecutive quarter where non-luxury properties outperformed their luxury counterparts in price growth. An average non-luxury home sold for $312,000, up 6.1 percent compared to a year earlier, the largest such gain since the first quarter of 2014.Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist, said the “Trump rally” in the stock market did little to move prices in luxury real estate.“Cities with booming luxury markets attracted traditional high-income buyers seeking a place to live, work and grow their families,” Richardson said. “Prices in cities with more transient luxury buyers, looking for investments or a place to park their wealth, had more tepid growth to close out 2016.”The supply of homes for sale above $1 million ticked up 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to a year earlier, while the number of homes priced above $5 million jumped 15.1 percent.San Francisco led the nation with the highest average sale price for a luxury home at $5,816,000. Los Angeles, Boston, Oakland and Santa Clarita, California followed quickly behind. Santa Clarita, a suburb of Los Angeles, showed the highest price gain being up 113.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier, to an average of $2.0 million.“Santa Clarita has seen a lot of new construction and master-planned community developments over the past few years, which are raising its profile and attracting new buyers as these homes are now appearing on the market,” said Redfin real estate agent John Underwood. “Most luxury homebuyers in Santa Clarita commute to Los Angeles, but they get far more bang for their buck living in this suburb, where price per square foot is very favorable. The public school system in Santa Clarita is highly rated, which is a draw as well.”center_img Luxury Homes Outpaced By Rest of Market Sharelast_img read more

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Woman arrested after two fires on same street

first_imgA 61-year-old woman was arrested on Monday for arson and attempt to commit arson, policed announced on Tuesday.According to the police, the woman was detained at around noon by bystanders who saw her trying to set fire to cardboard boxes located outside a Nicosia shop. At the same time as this incident took place, police said, there was another fire outside a different shop on the same street.The woman, police said, admitted to the offences.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Cox veteran bill signed by governor

first_img27Sep Rep. Cox veteran bill signed by governor Categories: Cox News State Rep. Laura Cox attended a ceremonial bill signing today with Gov. Rick Snyder for her legislation to create an official state definition of the term “veteran” to bring more consistency and clarity to state laws.New legislation brings clarity to the state definition of veteranState Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, today took part in a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder in honor of legislation she sponsored to create an official state definition of the term “veteran” to bring more consistency and clarity to state laws.“The Michigan definition of ‘veteran’ conflicted with the federal definition and varied between different state laws,” said Rep. Cox. “Some people may have been considered a veteran by the federal government but not by some of Michigan’s statutes.”Rep. Cox said the new definition mirrors the federal definition and is more inclusive to respect the many different ways in which veterans serve.Under this legislation, a veteran will be defined as “an individual who served in the United States armed forces, including the reserve components, and was discharged under condition other than dishonorable.”The bill, which was officially signed into law in June, is now Public Act 204.For questions regarding this legislation, Rep. Cox encourages residents to contact her office at (517) 373-3920 or send an email to LauraCox@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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Rep Triston Cole holds local office hours

first_imgTuesday, June 27Mancelona: 3 to 4 p.m. at Mancelona Township Offices, 9610 S. M 88 Highway Thursday, June 29Mio: 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mentor Township Hall, 216 E. 10th St.; andHillman: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hillman Wright Library, 121 W. 2nd St. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact the representative by email at TristonCole@house.mi.gov or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-105. Categories: Cole Newscenter_img State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will host local office hours for the month of June.Office hours give residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the representative and discuss any questions, concerns, or input regarding state government.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, June 26Elk Rapids: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Elk Rapids Township Hall, 315 Bridge St.;Ellsworth: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Banks Township Hall, 6520 Center St.; andCharlevoix: 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Charlevoix City Hall, 210 State St. 31May Rep. Triston Cole holds local office hourslast_img read more

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